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ENDA: Barney Frank's press conference, Tammy Baldwin's statement

Here you go folks. A highlight reel from CapNewsNet:

Links for the entire press conference (each segment runs 8 to 10 minutes):

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Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:
Part 6:

(H/t, David Grossman.)

Rep. Tammy Baldwin put out a statement today as well. It's after the jump. 

Press Release
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
Wisconsin’s Second District

October 11, 2007

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin Statement on ENDA “Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize”

I have always been a strong supporter of guaranteeing full civil rights for all in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  My work on this issue will continue until these protections become law.

I strongly support H.R. 2015, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007.  For many years, I have worked closely and tirelessly with people in the LGBT community and our allies to build support for this important legislation.  I have personally spoken with well over one hundred Congressional colleagues, explaining the importance of this particular bill, listening to their concerns, and answering their questions.  As a result of all of our work, and that of Congressional supporters, 171 Members of Congress have co-sponsored the legislation, authored by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), which protects not only gays, lesbians and bisexuals, but also provides equally strong prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity.

Last weekend, Speaker Pelosi, in remarks before the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, said:  “I strongly believe that transgender individuals deserve the same rights and the same protections as any other Americans and will work to see that ENDA also protects their rights.”  I share her sentiments.

Soon, I expect the House Committee on Education and Labor to consider this issue.  It is my hope that the Committee will take up H.R. 2015 and pass it.  I further hope for, and continue to work towards, passage of legislation by the full House, banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

H/t, Karen Ocamb.

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